Pastoral Prayer from Psalm 11
Summary of this Psalm: David is in danger of his life; and fearful and faint-hearted counselors are trying to get him to flee and find safety by running away. But David is full of unshaken faith in God. The result is that he rejects the counsel of the friends, believes that the Lord is still the sovereign King and speaks accordingly. He knows that God may try and test His servants, but He shall never forsake them. Therefore, David understands that it is not the righteous, but the wicked who truly should fear. (from The Book of Psalms, Perowne, p. 171)
Father, You are my refuge
A fortress that cannot be shaken
A stronghold that cannot be breached.
A hiding place that is truly hidden
From the searching eyes of my enemies.
I find that there are so many voices
To flee and not run
To wander and not focus my eyes upon Jesus
To trust in man, when man always fails
To give up when I know my Lord has won the battle.
Silence these calls to flee
Let your unfailing promises ring in my ears
And the glory of the bloody Cross stand before me
As I contemplate my Risen King.
Father, the foundations of our land are failing,
We stand on the precipice of failure
Good is now bad and bad is now good.
Lips are loosened that should be silent
While, mouths are closed that should be crying out as one in the wilderness
Father, may your Spirit open our eyes to your settled gaze
You who sit above the vain murmurings of man
You who test the hearts of man
Knowing what they don’t even know themselves
Seeing what only the Creator can see.
Let your wrath be kindled in due time
That judgment and justice might flow like a river
Sweeping all who love wickedness in the lake of your wrath.
Finally Father, cause your face to shine up your children
Let our sorrow be turned back to joy
Our burdens be fully lifted,
Our tears be wiped away.
Until that time, let us continue to proclaim in life and deed
That our Lord reigns
And in love.